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Lakehurst Seeks To Upgrade Playground By Jennifer Peacock LA K EH U RST – Lake Horicon, a centerpiece in the little boroug h of La ke hurst, has a 15 yearold playground that borough officials are hoping to upgrade. “…The community is in need of some new playground equipment at Lake Horicon. Some of the equipment is just unsafe for the children to use and need to be replaced,” Mayor Harry Robbins told The Manchester Times. Already a focal point of community events,

–Photos by Jennifer Peacock Lake Horicon has a playground with equipment that is about 15 years old, and the borough hopes to receive a $33,000 grant to pay for upgrades to the park. the lakeside park could become even better with new playground equip-

ment, officials said. The borough has applied for a Community

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Development Block G r a nt for $33,0 0 0 for new playground equipment. The grant was due to the county on February 10. If the project gets approved, borough clerk Bernadette Dugan said, the project will likely go out to bid late summer. The approvals usually roll in around August, she added. “Lake Horicon park has long been the area

| February 18, 2017

Manchester Settles With Developer For 400 Homes On Rt. 571

–Photos by Chris Lundy A settlement between the township and developer agreed the parcel between Ridgeway and Cedar Glen West on Route 571 can have 400 affordable housing units. By Chris Lundy MANCHESTER – After a settlement was reached with a developer, 400 homes will be built in a development on Route 571. An official said this was mandated by the state to meet their affordable housing quota. The property, over 93 acres, is located between the mobile home park and Cedar Glen

West on Route 571. The township and the developer, Manchester Development Group, reached a settlement agreement in the beginning of February, Councilman Sam Fusaro said. This agreement had to be voted on during a special meeting held February 7 so that it could be delivered to a state judge (Homes - See Page 5)

Program Helps Addicts Come Forward Despite Fear Of Arrest

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – A new program in place in Brick and Manchester that allows drug abusers to go to police headquarters to seek help for their addiction without the fear of being arrested has had 30 addicts come through Brick in the first two weeks. Brick and Manchester are the only two townships in New Jersey that are participating in the Heroin Addiction Response Program (HARP), where addicts are urged to turn their drugs over to the police and complete a rehabilitation program. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, Brick Police Chief James (Addicts - See Page 4)

Heroin Addiction Response Program: • Aims to put addicts in to rehab instead of jail. • Can go to Brick Police HD on Thursdays, • Manchester PD on Wednesdays. • Open to anyone seeking treatment • Partners with Preferred Behavioral Health & Integrity House.

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Page 4, The Manchester Times, February 18, 2017 Ducey said. Addicts can go to the Manchester Police Department on Wednesdays. The program is available to anyone, not just those from Brick or Manchester. “So that’s hopefully 30 lives that we saved. We saved them this far and hopefully they’ll get themselves better and healthy and get back to being productive citizens,” Ducey said. “We want to get the word out there that it is available and will be available.” The mayor called the HARP rehabilitative program the “third prong” in the fight against opioid abuse. The other two prongs ae education and enforcement. “It’s for those that want help, and those that need help. No criminal charges would be filed, and a screening is made by our police

Riccio and Manchester Police Chief Lisa Parker announced the program in January, which is the latest initiative to offer recovery options for those who suffer from addiction and who are seeking help. The two police departments are partnering with Preferred Behavioral Health in Lakewood and Integrity House in Toms River for the pilot program. Brick Mayor John G. Ducey described the first weeks of the program, in a discussion at the February 8 council meeting. In Brick, anyone who is addicted to heroin can go to the police station at Town Hall on Thursdays to say that they want help,

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Continued From Page 1 by February 11. The issue began in 2004, when a retirement community was slotted for that property, Fusaro said. At the time, it would have been the site of 355 age-restricted homes. However, with the decline in the housing market, even the demand for senior housing reduced, partially because of how much is already in the area. So, the developer switched it to housing that would not have age restrictions. A good number of them will be either townhouses or apartments. Statistically, these don’t produce as many school-age children as single family homes, but it might still be a burden on the school district, he said. Affordable Housing The settlement should allow Manchester to meet its quota for affordable housing in the township, Fusaro said. After an issue in the town of Mount Laurel, that town was accused of zoning poor people out of the area. The courts responded by making sure that every town in New Jersey put aside a certain portion of its housing for people of low-to-moderate income. The planning board usually has some control over what gets built in a town. However, the Mount Laurel decision changed some of


Continued From Page 1 for Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day services with the park being expanded in the late 1980s and 1990s,” Dugan told The Manchester Times. “The pieces to be replaced is the original piece and is approximately 15 years old,” Lakehurst public works director Dave Winton said. “We are still looking at which equipment works best in the space.” The playground equipment now sits under a shaded area surrounded by park benches. The borough has benefitted from CDBGs in the past. Dugan said in 2013, the grant was used to replace curb and sidewalk on the west side of Orchard Street. Two years later, another grant replaced the curb and sidewalk on the east side of Orchard Street, “as this is the route to school for many students,” she said. Federally, CDBGs are provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Municipalities not eligible for grants or loans directly through HUD can apply through the state.

The Manchester Times, February 18, 2017, Page 5 that. Affordable housing advocates applauded the decision for preventing exclusionary zoning. Town officials hated it because it took away some control, and opened doors to development. Many towns can meet their affordable housing obligations through senior communities. However, Manchester has so many that they’ve met their quota for how many affordable homes can come from senior housing, Fusaro said. The state only allows 25 percent of the total number of affordable homes to come from age-restricted housing. “We could never meet our number without doing non-age restricted,” he said. The number of units is set by the settlement, he said. There’s little the town can do about that number. When Will They Be Built? “There is absolutely no timeline,” he said. A lot of things would have to change before the construction would begin. First, the town would have to change the zoning of that parcel. Currently, it is zoned for age-restricted housing. After that, the developer will have to go through the Pinelands Commission for approval of its plan. Then, they would need to bring it before the planning board. Water and sewer lines also have to be run to the property. “It will be at least a couple of years before they put shovel to the ground,” he said.

The NJ Recovery and Reinvestment web page said CDBGs can be used for “public facilities, community revitalization, housing rehabilitation and innovative development leveraging private investments.” While urban areas get money directly from the federal government, other municipalities must go through a competitive bid process. “Applications that meet the basic requirements of the program will be scored based on municipal distress, readiness to proceed, balance ratio (the remaining balance of grant awards received in a funding category over a three-year period and including all open grants), and past performance,” the program website said. “The Lakehurst Revitalization Association will also be contributing to the playground as part of their ‘give back to Lakehurst program,’” Mayor Harry Robbins told The Manchester Times. “Lakehurst is also applying for a DOT grant to do curb and sidewalks and road restoration. My plan is to install curb and sidewalk where there is none first. And move on from there. I am a true believer of safety first. And the safety of our children is priority one.”

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WHITING – The American Polish Club Of Whiting meets every second Friday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Hilltop Clubhouse, Crestwood Village V, 325 Schoolhouse Road. Guests don’t have to be Polish to join. Yearly membership dues are $5. As usual, the club will accept donations of

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Little Egg Harbor Allowed To Notify Neighborhood Of Sex Offender

Peter McAleer, communications manager By Chris Lundy bors when a known sex offender moves LITTLE EGG HARBOR – After months into an area. They are assigned a tier rating for the Supreme Court, said it was unfair of not being able to legally notify people based on their likelihood of re-offending. to blame the bail reform for this, since a of a sex offender living in a neighborhood, Tier 3 people are most likely to re-offend. lot of factors go into the judge’s decision police were finally able to go door to door Tier 1 people are least likely. Then, the to set bail. “The Public Safety Assessment is merely a to tell residents, officials said. neighborhood is notified if needed. The situation became public last month However, the suspect’s tier rating was tool that a judge uses to make his decision. when Little Egg Harbor Police Chief Rich- stuck in appeals, so police were not able to It is not binding by any means,” he said. ard Buzby posted an intentionally vague notify the neighborhood when he moved in, Changing Megan’s Law There is one warning on Facebook for parents to keep an Officials Pushing For Changes To Megan’s Law: major flaw with Megan’s Law, eye on their children • Criminals are “tiered” according to the law. officials said. A because there was a sex suspect is put in offender who was likely • Residency currently impacts tier. a tier after they to reoffend in the area. • Bill wants tier decided before criminal released. a r e r el e a s e d . Police officials said at the time that this was a situation in which police said. Then, he allegedly re-offended Therefore, they can potentially re-offend Megan’s Law did not provide the protec- at the end of 2016. He was arrested and before local police can even warn residents tions it was supposed to. The suspect reof- charged. The prosecutor’s office attempted that the offender is in their neighborhood. This is because the offender’s residency is fended before neighbors could be notified. to keep him in jail. On February 8, police were able to go Due to the new bail reform, he was not a factor in what tier they are placed. door to door to provide the notifications assigned bail, Buzby said. He was free to “It gives residents nothing in terms of needed. A spokesman for the Ocean County go on January 25. The prosecutor appealed protection while we wait. It’s been an utter Prosecutor’s Office said that the county’s the decision, and applied for an emergency failure for that reason,” Buzby said. Years ago, legislation was introduced to appeal was successful and the suspect was consideration of bail. The state Supreme placed in Tier 3, meaning he is most likely Court told him to go through the appeal change this. It was originally started by the to reoffend. process as normal. However, it could take late Sen. Leonard Connors (R-9th), but is now promoted by his son, Sen. Christopher Megan’s Law was created to notify neigh- months to go through an appeal.

Connors (R-9th). The bill would assign offenders a tier before they are released. The bill has been sponsored in the law and public safety committee on the senate side (S-253), and the judiciary committee on the assembly side (A-1142). Despite how many years the bill has been around, it never seems to move forward, Chris Connors said. He said that the only good thing to come out of the Little Egg Harbor situation is that it could prompt lawmakers to act on making this bill a law. On the assembly side, Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27) chairs the judiciary committee. He said last week that the bill will be presented to his committee at their next meeting. “I’m committed to put it on the agenda and I’m sure we’ll get it out of committee,” he said. Connors’ office has pushed for the bill to be moved forward, and worked with the governor’s office so that the bill will be signed if it ever comes across his desk. A spokesman with the governor’s office said that they would never comment on legislation until the final bill is on the governor’s desk and they’ve had time to review it.

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OPINIONS & COMMENTARY F EATURED L ETTER Medicare Must Be Protected It is hard to believe t h at ou r n at ion c ele brated Medicare’s 50th a n n iversa r y just over a year ago, yet there is now a move in Congress t o d r a st ical ly cha nge t he prog r a m t hat ha s achieved so much. Don’t be fooled: The p u s h fo r a M e d i c a r e voucher system, sometimes called premium s u p p o r t , i s a n ef fo r t to shift costs onto 1.3 million individuals in Medicare in NJ, a number that is rising fast. In other words, you will have to pay more to get the care you need – if you can even afford it u nde r a vouche r system. More people will be forced to choose between health care and other necessities. Getting sick will become riskier than ever. When he was running for president, Donald

Trump pledged to protect Medicare, and recognized its importance to older Americans who depend on it. We are now depending on Congress to stand by President Trump’s promise to protect Medicare. R i si ng h e a lt h c a r e costs are a problem for Americans of all ages and political views. It needs to be tackled by b ot h p a r t ie s , but r e sponsibly. Our nation has been well served by a strong Medicare prog ram that keeps care affordable for seniors. A p r o p o s e d vo u c h e r system would dramatically increase costs for older A mer icans at a time of life when they can least afford it. Jeff Abramo Director of Communications and Engagement AARP NJ

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Letters To The Editor Time To Hurt Animals As he was signing edicts hurting one group after another over the past two weeks, it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump got around to hurting animals, already the most oppressed sentient beings on earth. The animals’ turn came by taking down the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) site that reports on gove r n me nt r eg u lat ion of roughly 9,000 animal handling facilities. These are laboratories, dog breeders, fur farms, circuses, zoos and aquariums. The site is used every day by animal protection activists to monitor government enforcement of the 1966 Animal Welfare Act, the only effective fede r al law prot e ct i ng animals. Taking down the APHIS inspection site is a huge setback for animal prot e ct ion. It w il l al most certainly lead to reduced government inspection of animal facilities and more animal suffering – a virtual repeal of the Animal Welfare Act. Ironically, this oppressive act was launched by the same dark- of-night process as that of pulling more than 100,000 visas from thoroughly vetted Muslim immigrants one week earlier – no notice, no hearings, no due process, no public announcement. The oppressive mindset doesn’t really care who

the victims are. Letters To game The Editor the system for their parents – the plaintiffs in HG Hopefully, the cour ts will. Hal Tubbs Toms River Editor’s note: A message on the APHIS site states that the process for taking down that site began in 2016, before the Trump administ rat ion , due to legal aspects of putting personal information on the site, and lawsuits because of doing so.

You Have A Right To Pay For Your Own Care I notice on the news today that Governor Coumo of New York said that “it is a human right to have health care” – really? When I was growing up, my parents paid for my health care. And then when I was old enough and had a job, my health care was paid for by my employer and me. Who says anyone is entitled to free health care at my expense. Who paid all my life for my own insurance? l think not – if I had to pay for my own insurance, why shouldn’t you? Bette Kooreman Whiting

Smith Hands REINS To Corporations Smith Hands REINS To Corporations Congressman Smith recently voted to compromise our health and safety by voting yes on REINS. REINS gives unprecedented power to big corporations that want to evade safety standards, pollute the environment and

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benefit as well as make it impossible for watchdogs to keep corporations accountable. Supporters of REINS say that REINS will make the rule making process more democratic and Congress more accountable. The opposite is true. REINS subordinates the agency rule making process, which is governed by expertise and transparency from Congress whims and their self-serving lobbyists. For example, any EPA action to weaken clean air protection or block climate change would trigger a mandatory congressional review. In 2015 the EPA, finalized the Clean Water Plan, which set the first-ever carbon pollution limits for the nation’s power plants as well as curbing emissions of other air pollutants that cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, and premature death. By passing REINS, Congress has the ability to dismiss scientific evidence and give the electric power sector control on whether the public would enjoy clean air. Trump and his industry-friendly Cabinet have promised to attack EPA protections and safeguards. Congressman Smith did America a disservice by playing partisan politics and compromising our water, air and health. We should be watching Congressman Smith and remind him regularly he works for us. Robin Nowicki Manalapan

New Jersey Supreme Court’s Denial To Re-Open Abbott V. Burke This ruling is a big win for New Jersey parents and schoolchildren. The Supreme Court has echoed the position of a group of Newark parents, who argued to this court that the state’s unjust quality-blind teacher layoff law must be evaluated on its own, and not in connection with a decades-old school funding lawsuit. Concerned about looming school budget cuts, these same

v. Harrington – will continue their fight in the state’s trial court to invalidate the “last in, first out” law that prevents the retention of Newark’s best teachers during funding crises. These brave parents are leading the charge for students’ rights in New Jersey, and they will not back down until the harmful impact of this law is revealed and deemed unconstitutional.” Ralia Polechronis Executive Director Partnership for Educational Justice

Smith: Schedule A Town Hall Meeting Whether we are Democrats, Republicans or independents, we all share one thing in common – we pay taxes. We have the right to expect elected officials to fulfill the duties of their office. February 18 through 26 is the first District Work Period of the new Congress—meaning all members of Congress are being paid to return home to hold public events and meet with constituents. Or, at least they’re supposed to return to their districts. If they aren’t willing to meet constituents, they’re not doing their jobs. Congressman Chris Smith, 4th District NJ, has not yet scheduled an open meeting with NJ voters. He owns a home in Herndon, Va., where he and his wife raised their children and where he continues to live. We can admire him as a husband and father, but the NJ taxpayers have some rights, too. Whether you want to shake his hand to say thanks, or raise your concerns about issues, you have the right to see him, hear him speak, and make your own voice heard. It’s easy to call or email his office and respectfully ask that he schedule town hall meetings during the District Work Period, chrissmith. Taxpayers have rights. Rosemary O. Wright Ocean Grove

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NEW JERSEY – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) to prevent the cruel treatment of animals was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. “This legislation aims to prevent the inhumane tethering of animals for long

Senate Panel Passes Holzapfel Bill Combating Animal Cruelty

periods of time, making them defenseless and unable to care for themselves,” Holzapfel said. “This cruel and hear tless treatment is horrifying and must be stopped.” Holzapfel’s bill, S-1640/ S-1642/S-1013, makes it unlawful to tether a dog

in a way that poses a risk of entanglement, strangulation, drowning or other harm to the health or safety of the dog. The legislation also requires the provision of proper shelter for a dog during severe weather conditions, and allows dogs found to be at risk of immi-

nent harm to be taken into custody. In addition, the bill provides that when state or local officials issue an order of evacuation due to weather or other emergency conditions, the owner must make every effort to evacuate with the animal, and not

leave the animal indoors or outdoors while unattended and tethered. “This will help prevent the suffering of dogs that are left outside during extreme weather without access to proper shelter or that live in other unhealthy or unsafe conditions,” said

Senator Jim Holzapfel Holzapfel. “We’re sending a strong message to abusive pet owners and others who mistreat dogs that their behavior will not be tolerated.”

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Christie Administration Awards Virtua $290,000 To Serve Veterans Via Telehealth

Chris Christie NEW JERSEY – The NJ Department of Health a n nou nced a $290,0 0 0 telehealth grant to Virtua Healt h t hat w ill a ssist veterans who need access to pr i ma r y a nd behavioral healthcare services but may face mobility or transportation challenges.

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Clerk’s Office saw a substantial increase, more than 18 percent, in recording revenue during 2016. “The Recording Division of the Ocean County Clerk’s Office collected $51,865,991 in revenue for documents placed on record during the 12 months of 2016,” said Ocean County Clerk Scott M. Colabella. “This represents an increase of $8 million or 18.4 percent increase from 2015.”

By coordinating care with Oaks I nteg rated Care, Legacy Treatment Services and InSight Telepsychiatry, Virtua will offer primary and behavioral health visits conducted via online technology which began February 1. Stigma, negative ideas about seeking help, perceptions of the Veterans Administration and a lack of access due to geography and t ranspor tation

issues make it diff icult for vet e r a n s t o v isit a doctor in person. Some medical conditions such as depression, an xiet y, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injury, spinal cord injury and other psychiatric disorders further complicate the ability for travel. “For many veterans, travel to see a healthcare provider can be complicated and overwhelming, par-

ticularly in areas where t r a n sp or t at ion opt ion s might be limited,” Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett said. “Telehealth can ease the burden by offering long-distance virtual care to veterans while they remain in a comfortable environment.” Telehealth includes telepsychology, telepsychiatry, telebehavioral health, e-counseling, e-therapy, online therapy and cyber-

counseling. If veterans have ot he r need s such as housing, employment or transportation, Virtua will seek to connect them to appropriate services. One in f ive homeless A m e r i c a n s a r e ve t e rans. One in three homeless men a re vetera ns, and about 60 percent of homele s s vet e r a n s a r e minorities. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have a n u ne mploy me nt r at e

Ocean County Clerk Sees $8M Increase In Recording Volume And Revenue During 2016 Of the amount taken in, Colabella said the state received $37.1 million and the county realized a revenue total of $14.8 million from realty transfer fees. Of that amount, $12.7 million was returned to the County while $2,076,558 was used to operate the County Clerk’s office. “This revenue is part of the County’s anticipated revenue and is used to help balance the County’s annual budget,” said Ocean

County Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the County Clerk’s office. “Scott and his staff do an outstanding job in making certain documents are recorded properly and the public is served professionally.” The Ocean County Clerk’s Office is tasked with recording documents affecting real estate titles. In 2016, the Ocean County Clerk’s Office recorded 25,300 deeds and 24,665

mortgages. In addition, the Ocean County Clerk’s Office processed and placed on record 85,653 other documents including assignment of mortgages, cancelled mortgages, discharges of mortgages, notice of settlements and other documents for a total of 135,618 documents recorded. “The office recorded almost 4,000 more documents last year compared to 2015,” Colabella said. “The amount of revenue returned

to the County represents a return of $6.11 for every tax dollar spent.” Colabella attributes the increase to a steady stream of refi nancing of existing mortgages due to low mortgage interest rates. “It is also a reflection of the continuing rebuilding and recovery from Superstorm Sandy, which hit the area in late October of 2012,” Colabella said. “Many residents are still recovering from the storm and the progress is

approximately 40 percent greater than the general population. Veterans have disproportionate rates of mental illness, par ticularly PTSD, substance abuse disorders, depression and an xiet y. Nearly half of c omb at ve t e r a n s f r om Iraq report that they have suffered from PTSD, and about 40 percent of these veterans report problems with alcohol use.

seen in the documents we are recording.” He added that the recording numbers increased because of a slight improvement in existing home sales. “Ocean County continues to be an attractive place to live,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “New mortgages for home building and rebuilding are an indication that the County is a popular area to raise a family and retire.”

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Julia Scotti At Whiting Station

WHITING – Whiting Station presents Julia Scotti at 7:30 p.m. on March 18 at Station Hall Clubhouse, 323 Gardenia Drive. Scotti is a nationally headlining comedian, former teacher, author, speaker, and woman of transgendered experience. She was a quarter-finalist and fan favorite on season 11 of America’s Got Talent on NBC in 2016. Scotti was a quarter-finalist on season 11 America’s Got Talent in 2016. She was a judge’s favorite with Simon Cowell saying

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$3,000 Bingo

BERKELEY – Holiday City @ Berkeley Welfare & Recreation Fund Thursday Night Bingo will hold a $3,000 Bingo on April 29 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in Clubhouse II on Port Royal Drive, with quick and special games. There will be two 50/50 games, with a maximum of six sheets per person for each 50/50.

Door prizes and advanced sales only. The tickets cost $30, and 230 tickets will be sold. Ticket sales are on the first and third Tuesday in Clubhouse I from 11 a.m. to noon or at Bingo on Thursdays after 4:30 p.m. For information, call Charlie at 732-2812996.

Village II Mardi Gras Dance

WHITING – The Residents Club of Crestwood Village II will have a Mardi Gras Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. on February 25. Music will be provided by Don Pesce. Soft drinks, munchies, coffee and cake will be provided. Also, there will be sample plates of Jambalaya and red beans and rice. BYOB.

Tickets are $10 and will be on sale in the Harmony Hall Activity Room every Wednesday and Friday through February 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call Linda at 732716-1928 or Fran at 732-581-2290, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

MANCHESTER – Registration is now open for Manchester’s annual Easter Egg hunt. The hunt is 10 a.m. on April 9 at Pine Lake, rain or shine. The hunt is open to children ages 2 to 10, who must be Manchester

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“Manchester By The Sea” Viewing WHITING – The Senior Club of Crestwood Village IV will be showing the movie “Manchester By The Sea,” with Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. The story is about a hardened handyman named Lee who returns to his hometown in New England after the death of his brother to care for his 16 year old nephew. This movie is up for an Academy award and so is Casey

Affleck. The run time for the movie is 137 minutes and it’s rated R. The movie will play on March 24. The club will be serving smoked ham and macaroni and cheese. For the dinner and movie is $6 and only for the movie is $2. Coffee and cake will be served by all. For more information, call Jerry at 732350-0230, ext. 15.

Crestwood Village VI Movie Night

WHITING – “Hacksaw Ridge” will be shown in Crestwood Village VI on March 10. The movie will be shown at Deerfield Hall, 6 Congasia Road. This drama is the incredible story of one of America’s greatest heroes who never fired a bullet. Come be a witness to World War II’s Battle of Okinawa and the action of U. S. Army Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield).

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Beefsteak Dinner Dance

BERKELEY – Holiday City @ Berkeley dance committee will have an all you can eat beefsteak (filet mignon) dinner dance on April 22 in Clubhouse II, on Port Royal Drive from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. The menu includes salad, steak, French fries

and an ice cream sundae; also included are set ups, beer, wine and soda, coffee and tea. Music by “Pipers Alley” and catered by Nightingale Caterers. Tickets will be sold on the first and third Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon in Clubhouse I or call Lynn at 732-557-5573.

Drake Earns Spot On Men’s Ice Hockey Team

MANCHESTER – Matt Drake of Manchester has earned a coveted spot on the Assumption College Men’s Ice Hockey team. Drake, Class of 2020, is competing during the Greyhounds’ 2016-17 season. The team is led by senior captains Ryan Gomez, Kevin Murphy and assistant captain Nick Fenuccio.

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April Fool’s Dance

WHITING – The Meadows At Lake Ridge Homeowners Association is hosting an April Fool’s dance on April 1 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the clubhouse, 2 Clear Lake Road. The cost is $21 per person, which includes finger sandwiches, salads, snacks, desserts,

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Shamrock Shuf�le

WHITING – A Shamrock Shuffle, hosted by Audobon Social Club at Lakeshore Lodge, will take place on March 18 at 4 p.m. The shuffle will be held at Pine Ridge at Crestwood, 48A Beaver Ave. The corned beef and cabbage dinner will start at 4:30 p.m. Music and dancing will take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

Seating is limited. Ticket sales are now through March 5 on Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. at the lodge. Tickets are $10 for residents, $12 for nonresidents. For more information or tickets, call Christina at 848-227-5501 or Laura at 732941-4583.

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How Sweet It Is…Or Isn’t

JACKSON – Bartley Healthcare is partnering with CentraState Medical Center to host an educational seminar to inform the community on the many ways sugar can affect the body. Guests will never guess how many dietary items they consume on a daily basis that contain sugar, and the actual amount that they include is jaw dropping. Bartley is hosting the seminar at 175 Bartley Road in Jackson. The seminar will be held on March 1 at 6 p.m. Blood pressure and glucose screenings will take place from 5 to 6 p.m., before the seminar. The presenter will be Caryn Alter, MS, RD of the Star and Barry Tobias Health Awareness Center. Alter is a registered Dietitian at CentraState Medical Center. Americans love their sweets. Eating foods and drinking beverages that contain a great


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VFW Post 9503 Bayville Monthly Sunday Breakfast

BAYVILLE – The VFW Post 9503, located at 383 Veterans Blvd., is hosting an “All You Can Eat” breakfast on February 26 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The monthly special is blueberry pancakes, with also eggs to order, breakfast sausage/ hash, home fries, tomato/orange juices, coffee/ tea, wheat/rye breads and biscuits. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children. Active military members eat free. Orders to go for pick up are available by calling 732269-2265. The next breakfast will be on March 30.

St. Joseph’s Feast

BERKELEY – Holiday City Berkeley Fishing & Social Club is sponsoring a trip to the Brownstone for a St. Joseph Feast on March 20. The cost is $80 per person. The trip includes transportation, luncheon, Entertainment by “Joe Zisa and Friends” and all you can eat chicken parmesan, sausage & peppers, vegetables and potatoes, soda, coffee, tea and dessert and two complimentary drinks. Bus leaves at 9 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Call Charlie 732-281-2996 for ticket information.



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Officials To Compete In “Anything Goes” Obstacle Course MANCHESTER – The Manchester Township Alliance will host “Anything Goes” on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Township High School gym to watch the High School Students against the Mayor, Teachers, Police, Principals and Community Leaders of Manchester in an obstacle course. Every school will be represented. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m. Guests should wear gold/yellow to support the high school students, and wear blue to

support the teachers/police/principals/community leaders of Manchester. Admission is $2 for students and children and $3 for adults. The Hawk Hub will be open during the event selling drinks and snacks. Coffee and cake will be served afterward. Tables will be set up with various organizations – Booster Club, Alliance, Relay for Life, Al-Anon, Dart Coalition to name a few. For more information, call Tracy Sloan at 732-503-5330.

Chef’s Night Out Tickets Available

OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education will host the 21st Annual International Chef’s Night Out on March 6 at the Pine Belt Arena, Toms River from 6 to 9 p.m. Dozens of area restaurants, caterers, bakeries, specialty stores and beverage distributors are expected to participate. For the $60 admission fee (advance ticket price) attendees may sample an extensive variety of sweet and savory delicacies as well as some of the area’s fine wines and beverages. Chef ’s Night Out is the largest fundrais-

ing event of the year for the Foundation. In addition to the magnificent food and beverage offerings there will be a 50/50 raffle, themed-gift basket raffles and door prizes. Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door. For more information, call Sharon Noble at 732-473-3100, ex. 3177, or Marcelle Turano at 732-779-9925. To p u r c h a s e t i c k e t s g o t o All proceeds benefit the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education.

Bereavement Support Group

WHITING – The bereavement support group will meet on February 24 at 1 p.m. in Deerfield Hall, Crestwood Village VI, 6 Congasia Road. Dr. Anthony Lipari is the speaker. The meetings are open to anyone in the area not just

Village VI residents. After the meeting refreshments are served with some social time. For more information, call Rosie at 732-8811044. Leave a name, number, and specify the call is about the support group.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

LAKEHURST – A St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance to support the Lakehurst Fire Department will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. on March 11 at the community center, 207 Center St. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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Mayor Announces Municipal Leadership Scholarship

MACHESTER – Mayor Ken Palmer has announced a scholarship opportunity for MTHS seniors. Manchester Township and the NJ League of Municipalities have teamed up to offer three $1,000 awards through the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition. This statewide competition centers on “What My Municipal Govern-

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The Meadows At Lake Ridge Upcoming 2017 Trips

MANCHESTER – The Meadows At Lake Ridge will have these upcoming trips. Crab Trap Lunch plus Atlantic City Resorts Casino, March 29. Bus will leave at 10 a.m. from The Meadows Clubhouse. The

cost is $60 per person. Ellis Island and “lunch on your own” at Harold’s, May 4. The cost is $59 per person. Call Cathy at 732-350-2189 or Terry at 732-849-6939 for more information.

Residents Club Village VII Valentine’s Dance

WHITING – The Residents Club Village VII will hold a Valentine’s Dance on February 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The dance will be held at Fernwood Hall, 1 Falmouth Ave. Music is by Donny Pesce.

Tickets are $10 per person, which includes set ups, snacks, coffee and dessert. BYOB. Tickets are available Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the clubhouse. For more information, call Sara at 732350-0821.

Long Graduates From Georgia Southern University

JOINT BASE MDL – The 25th annual Georgia Southern Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony represented a momentous day as approximately 1,700 of Georgia’s best and brightest undergraduate and graduate stu-

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Resident Club Village V Dance

WHITING – The Resident Club Village V will have a dance on April 7 from 7 to 11 p.m. Music will be provided by Don Pesce. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The tickets can be purchased every Tues-

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Tinnitus 101

Tinnitus sounds different to everyone, so it makes sense that there are four different types: subjective, objective, neurological, and somatic. Tinnitus is a fairly common medical malady that presents in a variety of ways. Simply defined, it is a phantom ringing, whooshing, or buzzing noise in your ear that only you can hear. Hearing Things? No, You’re Not Crazy. People experience tinnitus in a variety of ways: in some, a simple head shake will make the annoyance vanish; others, however, describe the condition as debilitating. Though research is ongoing, currently there is no cure. But relief can comes from a variety of treatments. What Causes Tinnitus? Typically, the cause of tinnitus is uncertain. If there is no damage to the auditory system, your provider will look into these possible causes: jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ); chronic neck muscle strain; excessive noise exposure; certain medications; wax buildup; cardiovascular disease; a (generally benign) tumor that creates a strain on the arteries in the neck and head. The Four Different Types of Tinnitus Subjective tinnitus: The most common form of tinnitus. Subjective symptoms can only be heard by the affected individual are usually caused by exposure to excessive noise. This type of tinnitus can appear and disappear suddenly, and may last 3–12 months at a time. In some severe cases, it may never stop. Neurological tinnitus: Usually caused by a disorder, such as Meniere’s disease, that primarily affects the brain’s auditory functions. Somatic tinnitus: Related to the sensory system. This form is caused, worsened, or otherwise related to the sensory system. Objective tinnitus: A rare form of tinnitus that may be caused by involuntary muscle contractions or vascular deformities. When the cause is treated, the tinnitus usually stops entirely. This is the only form of tinnitus that can be heard by an outside observer, and the only type that has the potential for a permanent fix. Some Subtypes Musical tinnitus: Also called musical hallucinations or auditory imagery, this type is less common. Simple tones or layers of tones come together to recreate a

melody or composition. Musical tinnitus tends to occur in people who have had hearing loss and tinnitus for some time, though people with normal hearing or increased sensitivity to sound can also have musical hallucinations. Pulsatile tinnitus: A rhythmic tinnitus that aligns with the beat of the heart. It usually indicates a change of blood flow to the vessels near the ear or an increase in awareness of the blood flow to the ear. Low-frequency tinnitus: Perhaps the most confusing type of tinnitus because sufferers aren’t sure whether the sound is being produced internally or externally. Often, the tones correspond to the two lowest octaves on a piano and are described as a humming, murmuring, rumbling, or deep droning. This type of noise seems to affect people most strongly. Tinnitus can be managed through strategies that make it less bothersome. No single approach works for everyone, and there is no FDA-approved drug treatment, supplement, or herb proven to be any more effective than a placebo. Behavioral strategies and sound-generating devices often offer the best treatment results — this is partially why distracting the individual’s attention from these sounds can prevent a chronic manifestation. Some of the most effective methods are: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); tinnitus retraining therapy; masking; biofeedback. There are countless treatment options, but they vary in effectiveness depending upon the type of tinnitus. More than 50 percent of those who experience tinnitus have an inner-ear hearing impairment, meaning that a connection between tinnitus and hearing loss is likely. Though wearing hearing aids helps ease tinnitus (they amplify the sounds outside, making the “inside” sounds less frequent), they are not the only method: careful diagnosis by a professional with years of experience creating solutions for tinnitus sufferers is essential. The Next Step If you or a loved one experiences tinnitus, call Dr. Izzy’s office today. We’ll be able to help you determine the next steps toward relief. Dr. Izzy has offices in Toms River, Manahawkin, and Whiting and can be reached at 732-818-3610 or visit our website at

Dr. Izzy and his staff are always available to answer most of your questions regarding your hearing health. His offices are in Toms River, Whiting, and Manahawkin. He can be reached at 732-818-3610 or via Web site at

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H ERE ’ S T O Y OUR H EALTH Dear Pharmacist


Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

Pharmacists Are Never Sure If We Should Say It Out Loud By Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

When I worked in retail stores, one of the most common questions I had was, “What side effects will this drug cause?” I remember some of my customers, especially the funny ones or those who gifted me with tokens like flowers, hand-made jewelry or pickled herring which I craved during my pregnancy in 1993. I had a good relationship with all of my patients. I used to work 14-hour shifts, day after day back in the 90s and 2000s. I ‘floated’ all around central Florida whenever a pharmacist called off. The pharmacy would be closed, and I was the pharmacist called upon to go open it, hence “float.” I thrived in this position, basically walking into a mess, and catching the store up, making all the customers suddenly happy. But there’s a ton of mental chatter to reconcile in our brain when we are not sure that you need what the doctor prescribed, or if there’s a natural vitamin for that, or we realize the side effects will be far worse for you than your condition itself. We are never sure if we should say it out loud. People trust us. Americans have deemed us to be among the most honest professions, maintaining the highest ethical standards. That’s why pharmacists have been rated in the top two “most trusted professionals in the United States” yet again. (Gallup Survey). Pharmacists can: 1. Keep you safe. As medication experts, we reduce risk of miserable side effects. Occasionally, one drug is intended, but another drug is prescribed by accident. Maybe Zyrtec for Zantac, Actos for Actonel or Neurontin for Noroxin. Your pharmacist should catch

these errors. 2. They’re accessible and fast. Pharmacists are always on duty if a pharmacy is open. You don’t have to make appointments weeks in advance to get advice. 3. They’re intelligent. If you have a skin rash from poison ivy or a bee sting, your pharmacist can suggest an over-the-counter remedy, if you are constipated or have the flu, we got your back. 3. They’re not paid off. Pharmacists work for YOU, not the pharmaceutical companies that probably sent a drug rep over with delicious meals, trinkets and trips. This colors the decision-making process of some (not all) physicians. Capiche? 5. You save money. The ‘Pharmacy Tech’ expertly runs your prescription through your insurance company online; they’ll check the cash price against your insurance co-pay in case it’s lower. Some will phone your insurance company to authorize cheaper alternatives. 6. Pharmacists know about food too. They’ll suggest you avoid grapefruit if you take statins, or avoid MSG with sedatives. Bananas are constipating, you should avoid those with hydrocodone, but eat them with some diuretics like HCTZ. Tips like this are worth their weight in gold. Your pharmacist may be high up and partially hidden behind glass (that’s for security reasons… you do realize they are in charge of millions of dollars of drugs right?!) but I highly recommend that you develop a relationship with your local pharmacist. We are on your side.

(This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Suzy Cohen is the author of “The 24-Hour Pharmacist” and “Real Solutions.” For more information, visit ©2017 SUZY COHEN, RPH. DISTRIBUTED BY DEAR PHARMACIST, INC.

March 2, 2017


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Women’s History Month Poster Contest Under Way

OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women is encouraging elementary and middle school age children to participate in the 2017 Women’s History Month Poster Contest. Women’s History Month is celebrated in Ocean County during the month of March. “This contest aims to recognize the

Na t io n a l Wo m e n’s H i s t o r y Mo nt h theme, ‘Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,’” said Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, who serves as liaison to the Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. “This theme honors a woman who has made a difference as an entrepreneur in the business world.”

Contestants must create a poster that features a woman they admire, shows the job or business where she works, and ref lects her contributions to the world around them. “We appreciate everything that the Advisory Commission on the Status of Women does for women in the business world and the community,” said Ocean

County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. Entry is open to all public, private, parochial and homeschool students, grades one through eight in Ocean County. Participants must submit one poster on standard size paper which will be judged based on impact, appropriateness, and overall creativity. First place winners of each category will receive a $50 gift card; second and third place will each receive a $25 gift card. All participants will have their entries displayed at Commission sponsored events throughout 2017. An award ceremony will take place to honor all participants during a Women’s History Month Celebration scheduled for 6 p.m., March 29 at the main branch of the Ocean County Library, Washington Street, here. All entries (original poster and completed entry form) must be submitted by March 3 to the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, 1027 Hooper Ave., Building 2 Third Floor, PO Box 2191, Toms River, NJ 08754. For any questions or further information, contact the Department of Human Se r v ice s C o ord i n at or Ma r ie -Ele n a Sodeikes at 732-506-5374 or email at

CASA Seeks Fundraising Committee Members

OCEAN COUNTY – CASA of Ocean County is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as fundraising committee members. Committee members will help CASA reach their commitment to find safe, nurturing, and permanent homes for the more than 500 children throughout Ocean County who have removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Anyone who can serve for one year, give about five hours each month, can attend training and advocate on behalf of the children may be qualified to volunteer. For more information, call Vicki Weiss at 732-797-0590 or visit casaofoceancounty. org.

Sunday Worship Services of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. &Wednesday spoken Holy Communion at 9 a.m.

Christ Lutheran Church The Rev. Dr. J. Francis Watson, Pastor 40 Schoolhouse Road, Whiting, NJ 08759 Phone 732.350.0900 • Fax 732.350.0343 E-mail: Website:

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With 7 out of 10 people experiencing low back pain at some point in their lives and low back pain being one of the most common reasons for patient visits to primary care physicians as well as hospitalization, there is no doubt that low back pain exists in epidemic proportions today. Spinal decompression therapy can be used to treat disc bulges and herniations, disc degeneration, sciatica, spinal stenosis, arthritis, facet syndrome and chronic back pain in the low back. Our Vax-D Spinal decompression system is FDA cleared, and has been statistically proven to relieve the pain associated with disc degeneration, herniated discs, facet syndrome and sciatica. Surgical decompression may be warranted for candidates who fail a conservative trial of Vax-D treatment. If you have back and/or neck pain, you may be a candidate for one of our programs. At our office we will give you an honest and fair assessment of your condition and whether or not we can help you.

“Did you know that 30 million Americans suffer from back pain every day? We are the doctors of Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine, and if you suffer with lower back or leg pain, we invite you to try Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. This pain affects everything that you do, from work to play, and ultimately your quality of life. We are here to tell you that there is hope. You can get rid of your back pain and get your life back. At Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine, we have helped thousands of back pain sufferers just like you. We only offer the most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments. We are confident that we can help eliminate your back pain and have opened our schedule to accept the first 30 callers. The only thing you have to lose is your pain.” - The Doctors at Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine

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Who can you trust for back pain solutions? Do you visit a chiropractor, medical doctor, physical therapist or acupuncturist? How much time does it take to visit all four offices? With varying recommendations, what is the best option for your specific condition? Relax! We have all options available at Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine. Your specific condition will be evaluated by several doctors before a treatment plan is customized. Not only do we have excellent doctors, we use advanced medical equipment. This combination is what makes all the difference.

It’s not always “what we provide” that makes us different, as it is “how we provide it” that sets us apart from the rest. Our doctors and staff have the technology and experience to help you feel better. We have over 15 years of experience in helping thousands of patients find lasting relief. From the moment you walk in, you will notice the comfortable setting along with the warm greeting from our staff at the front desk. We can already assume that you don’t feel well and going to a new office for help can sometimes be uncomfortable. Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable and welcome as possible.

Vax-D Spinal Decompression Allows Back Pain to Heal…NATURALLY Many back pain conditions that we see can be helped by our state of the art Vax-D decompression table. Decompression relieves pressure that builds up on the discs and nerves. The task of relieving pain comes about as a result of drawing the leaking gel of a herniated disc back into place. Decompression achieves this by creating negative pressure within the disc, referred to as negative intra-discal pressure. This creates essentially a vacuum to draw the bulging and herniated disc material back into the disc space and relieves pressure. This process of non-surgical decompression allows the body to heal itself naturally. Vax-D decompression tables have been successfully operating for over 15 years throughout the world and more than 3,000 patients a day receive this treatment in the U.S. alone. Vax-D is one of the FDAcleared technologies available at Northeast Spine and

“We are so confident that you will find healing and relief at our office, we will personally evaluate your condition and determine if we can help you. It’s that simple! We have opened our schedule to accept new patients, but due to demand, we are only extending this offer to the first 30 callers. Time slots fill quickly, so call today to secure your appointment.”

Who is a Candidate for Spinal Decompression?

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voting tokens, and two drinks. Beer, soda, and water are available at the event. The Cook Off will be held indoors at the Pleasant Plains Fire Department on March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. The Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department is located at 40 Clayton Ave. The all-volunteer department hosts many events throughout the year to raise funds for general operating expenses. Other annual events include two Flapjack Breakfasts, a Wine, Whiskey, and Beer Tasting, and a Chicken Barbeque. The Department can be reached through its website,

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Business Wanted Appliance/Sales And Repair Store Needed - Interior mall location righ in the middle of holiday city is looking for an experienced appliance store owner to open a new location to service all of holiday city with appliance repairs and new items. Flea markets on Wednesday and Friday enhance the customer traffic. Great lease rates for the right operator. Contact 732-922-3000. (11)

Real Estate Homestead Run - 55+ Community. New 2 BR, 1 or 1.5 Bath. Pre-owned and rentals. Available immediately. Toms River. 732-370-2300. (10)

Help Wanted Consignment Shop Operator Wanted - If you have been thinking of owning your own consignment/ thrift shop and you have experience we have the location, location, locatoin. Interior mall has excellent space available for lease right in the middle of Holiday City. Flea markets on Wednesday and Friday enhance the built-in customer traffic. Great lease rates for the right operator. Contact Kate 732-922-3000. (11) Job Fair - February 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Immediate Interviews. Food Service: PT waitstaff, dietary aides, and utility aides(day and evening shifts), cooks PT and per diem healthcare: CNA’s, and CHHA’s.Light refreshments will be served. Stop in and see what a great place this is to work. The Pines at Whiting, 509 Route 530 Whiting, NJ 08759. 732-849-2047. (9)

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Certified Home Health Aides Needed for Ocean County area. Hourly and live-in positions avail. P/T and F/T. Call CCC at 732-206-1047. (t/n)

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Now Hiring Property InspectorsFT/PT in your area. Full, free training provided. or 732-7664425, 201-259-0734. Ask for Mel. (t/n)

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Services PQ Painting & Home Improvement Services - Celebrating almost five decades of service. Visit us online at pqpaintingservice. com. See all our anniversary and monthly specials. Winner of Angie’s List Super Service Award. Free estimates, reasonable rates, fully licensed and insured NJ Lic #13VH06752800. Call 732500-3063 or 609-356-2444. (t/n) Caulking - Interior, bathrooms, kitchens, etc. Cutting out old. Installing new. Call Steve 732703-8120. Thank You. (t/n) Bobs Waterproofing - Basement and crawlspace waterproofing. Mold testing, removal and prevention. Family owned. Fully licensed and insured. Call Bob 732-616-5007. (t/n) My 2 Girls Cleaning Service Let us clean your home to take away the dust along with keeping the winter blues away. Weekly, monthly. Call Donna 732-9148909, 732-232-7058. Bonded and insured. Same teams. Reasonable, reliable, references. (7) Computer Tutoring for Seniors – Retired, “Microsoft Certified” instructor. Very Reasonable rates. Very patient with slow learners. I’ll teach you in the comfort of your home on your computer. I can trouble shoot your slow computer! I also teach iPhone and iPad. I set up new computers at less than half the price the retailers charge. Windows 10 specialist. I can also build a beautiful small business website at a fraction of the going rates. Special Projects always welcome! Tony 732-997-8192. (t/n) Autobody Work - $99 any dent big or small, professionally done. We come to you. Serving Ocean and Monmouth counties. 347-744-7409. (t/n) Carpet Repair - Restretching, ripples removed, repair work, stairs installed. Call Mike at 732-920-3944. (9) Gerard’s Watch & Jewelry Repair - Master watch maker. Expert battery replacement. 908-507-3288. 864 West Hill Plaza, 37W. Next to Window Happenings store. (10) Interior And Exterior Painting - Insured all calls returned. References available. Free estimates. Lic # VH04548900. Tommy call 609-661-1657. (11) I will Clean Your Home - Very good prices. Call 732-552-7513. (12) Caregiver - Looking for a job. Live in or out. 732-917-1814. (10) All In 1 Handyman/General Contracting - Painting, kitchens, bath, basements, etc. Remodeled, flooring, carpentry, roofing, siding, windows, doors, gutters, etc. “Any to do list.” No job too big or small, we do it all. $ave - Veterans discount. Call Clark 732-850-5060. (10) Domestic Assistant, Companion Great attitude and car. Available weekends and week days. Call with needs 609-432-9122, or text. (10)

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Eating More Fiber May Lower Risk Of First-Time Stroke

NEW JERSEY - Eating more fiber may decrease your risk of first-time stroke, according to new research in the American Heart and Stroke Association. Dietary fiber is the part of the plant that the body doesn’t absorb during digestion. Fiber can be soluble, which means it dissolves in water, or insoluble. Previous research has shown that dietary fiber may help reduce risk factors for stroke, including high blood pressure and levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) , or “bad” cholesterol. In the new study, researchers found that each seven-gram increase in total daily fiber intake was associated with a seven percent decrease in first-time stroke risk. One serving of whole wheat pasta plus two servings of fruits or vegetables provides about 7 grams of fiber, researchers said. “Greater intake of fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts are important for everyone, and especially for those with stroke risk factors like being overweight, smoking and having high blood pressure,” Diane Threapleton, M.Sc. and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Leeds’ School of Food Science and Nutrition in Leeds, United Kingdom. Researchers analyzed eight studies published between 1990-2012. Studies reported on all types of stroke, with four specifically examining the risk of ischemic stroke, which occurs when a clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain. Th ree assessed hemor rhagic st roke,

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Autism Resource Fair To Be Held

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library’s Cultural Awareness Team partnered with POAC Autism Services to invite families and caregivers to the Autism Resource Fair at the Toms River Branch, 101 Washington St. on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will meet more than 30 organizations, practices and autism experts. This event includes light fare, crafts and sensory story time for kids, keynote speakers, and a performance by Mr. Scott the

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LONG BRANCH – According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year in the United States, approximately 71,500 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer and nearly 26,500 women die from it. Monmouth Medical Center, a leader in advanced gynecological robotic surgery, is committed to educating women that awareness and vigilance are key to identifying cancer early. Gynecologic malignancies comprise cancers of the female reproductive organs, such as the uterus, ovaries, cervix, vagina or vulva. At times, patients are unaware of the symptoms related to these conditions and delay initial work-up and evaluation that would allow for early diagnosis. “In case of ovarian cancer, for example, patients may have vague and nonspecific symptoms that they may attribute to gastrointestinal tract, such as bloating, change in bowel habits, intermittent nausea and early satiety, so they may not seek care early on. By the time they come to us, the disease is diagnosed at a more advanced stage,” said Nonna Kolomeyevskaya, MD, gynecologic oncologist with Monmouth Medical Center and Barnabas Health Medical Group. “When women are more aware and cautious of any changes in their bodies and the symptoms associated with different types of cancers, they seek medical guidance sooner. Diagnosis at an earlier stage correlates with better prognosis.” Not all gynecologic cancers have the same symptoms and each individual may experience different signs and symptoms. Symptoms of various gynecologic cancers include: abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, pelvic pain or pressure, feeling full too quickly or difficulty eating, bloating and nausea, increase in abdominal girth, changes in bowel movements, including constipation, change in the caliber of stool, diarrhea, sensation of urgency and frequency with urination, abdominal or lower back pain, itching, burning or pain in the vulva, and appearance of new lesions (“spots,” masses), pigmentation on the vulva. While ovarian cancer – known as a silent killer because of the difficulty detecting it early – women with certain types of uterine cancer are often diagnosed at an earlier stage. “The most common – and typically the only symptom – of uterine cancer or pre-cancer is postmenopausal bleeding or spotting,” says Dr. Kolomeyevskaya. “This frequently brings women to their gynecologist for an initial evaluation.” Such was the case with Loretta Schuck. When the 77-year-old Manchester resident noticed a small spot of blood after urinating, she immediately contacted her gynecologist. “I knew something was up, and that I needed to have it taken care of,” she said. Schuck acted promptly, quickly scheduling an appointment with her gynecologist who scheduled her for testing. After a sonogram and biopsy revealed the cause of Loretta’s bleeding was uterine cancer, she enlisted the help of Dr. Kolomeyevskaya. Based on Schuck’s test results, Dr. Kolomeyevskaya recommended Loretta undergo a total hysterectomy with removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes along with staging procedure that included removal of the lymph nodes. Dr. Kolomeyevskaya performed Schuck’s surgery at Monmouth Medical Center a short time later. Using minimally invasive robotic technology, Dr. Kolomeyevskaya was able to perform surgery through small cosmetic incisions across Schuck’s abdomen – resulting

in faster recovery, minimal abdominal discomfort, essentially no blood loss, short overnight hospitalization and an overall quick return to normal daily activities. “In the past, these procedures were all done via open surgery with a big midline vertical incision across the abdomen resulting in a longer hospital stay, longer recovery, more pain and more time required before return to normal functioning,” said Dr. Kolomeyevskaya. “This approach expedited Loretta’s recovery and a return to her baseline activities, which in turn allowed her to move ahead with other treatments without delays.” Schuck was discharged from Monmouth Medical Center the following morning and spent the next few weeks at her daughter’s home recovering, before she began the next step of treatment. “The healing was phenomenal,” she said. “All along I felt very good. I was never in agony and stopped the pain medication within days – all of which I attribute to Dr. Kolomeyevskaya’s skill and the robotics.” The final pathology report from Schuck’s hysterectomy confirmed the diagnosis of Stage IA serous uterine carcinoma. In order to prevent disease recurrence, she required a course of chemotherapy and radiation. Schuck opted to have her care at RWJBarnabas Health sister hospital Community Medical Center which is located in Toms River, near her Manchester home. Under the care of medical oncologist Sudha Kavuru, MD, Schuck underwent a total of six cycles of chemotherapy with a course of radiation therapy in the middle of her chemo treatments. She was under the care of radiation oncologist Rajesh Iyer, MD, chair of the department of radiation oncology at Community Medical Center’s J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, who utilized high-dose rate brachytherapy to destroy the cancer cells, while sparing Schuck’s normal, healthy tissue. Schuck credits her success through surgery and treatment to her quick decision to seek treatment, the tremendous support of her sisters, daughters, grandchildren and friends, the power of prayer and the high quality of care and compassion from those treating her. “Hearing you have cancer is not light news, but when you know you’ve gotten it early, that all the care you’re getting is state-of-the-art and delivered by gifted doctors and nurses, it’s not the nightmare it used to be,” she said. “Women should seek prompt medical care if they develop any new symptoms, know their family medical history. Those with close family members who have been diagnosed with colon, breast, uterine or ovarian cancers, especially affecting several generations or diagnosed at a younger age, may benefit from genetic counseling,” says Dr. Kolomeyevskaya. “Regular pelvic exams, even if a Pap test is not indicated, can help with diagnosis. Many conditions, including certain types of gynecologic cancers, can be picked up on the exam. Although we cannot provide effective screening for ovarian cancer, we can definitely provide screening for cervical cancers and make recommendations to treat pre-cancerous conditions of the reproductive tract that are aimed at preventing malignancy in the future.” “Most importantly, always be aware of your body. Any unusual symptoms or changes should always be a sign to see your doctor,” she emphasizes. For more information about Gynecologic Oncology at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-870-5500.

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NJIT And OCC Establish Academic And Student-Support Partnership

OCEAN COUNTY – New Jersey Institute of Technology and Ocean County College have signed a joint admission agreement designed to improve student access across the two higher education institutions. The agreement will enable OCC students who are completing an associate degree to seamlessly continue their studies at NJIT toward a bachelor’s degree. Plans are also underway for NJIT to offer an upper-level course in electrical engineering principles at OCC in the near future. “It is important for us to create pathways to success and eliminate as many barriers as possible for community college transfer students,” noted NJIT President Joel S. Bloom. “With this collaboration, we are expanding access and creating exciting professional opportunities for academically successful students enrolled at Ocean County College while introducing them to NJIT’s outstanding undergraduate programs. As New Jersey’s public polytechnic university, it is incumbent upon NJIT to

articulate well with the STEM programs at our state’s community colleges.” Under the terms of the agreement, students need to express an interest in pursuing an NJIT bachelor’s degree during their first academic year at OCC. Upon completion of their associate degree at OCC, students who meet the NJIT admissions requirements will be admitted to NJIT to pursue their bachelor’s degree. The two institutions will be jointly monitoring the progress of students in this program. “Ocean County College is delighted to have entered into a joint agreement with the New Jersey Institute of Technology to offer engineering and technology classes on the OCC campus. The agreement will enhance student access to outstanding NJIT STEM courses by offering them on our campus, and it will also allow students to transfer seamlessly to NJIT upon completion of the associate degree at OCC,” said Ocean County College President Dr. Jon H. Larson.

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OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Democrats will host Democratic Activist Training on February 23 at 6 p.m. at the Barnegat Branch of the Ocean County

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WHITING – The Crestwood Village III Travel Club has these upcoming trips scheduled. Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, February 28. The cost is $25. This trip includes round-trip transportation including all gratuities and a casino bonus of $25 slot play. Casino bonuses are subject to change without notice. Valid government issued ID is required to receive casino bonus. The group will gather at Unity Hall at 8:45 a.m. and return at 5:45 p.m. Algonquin Theatre to see “Carousel,” May 19. The cost is $38. They will gather at Unity Hall at 6:15 p.m. and return at 11:45 p.m. The cost of the trip includes the show ticket, transportation and bus driver gratuity. Lunch at Golden Corral and trip to Tropicana Casino in AC, June 29. The price is $50. The trip includes round-trip transportation, buffet lunch including all gratuities and a casino bonus of $25 slot play. Casino bonuses are subject to change without notice. Valid government issued ID required to receive casino bonus. The group will gather at Unity Hall at 10 a.m. and return at 7:45 p.m. Lancaster overnight show trip to see “Jonah” & Philadelphia Tour, July 10 and 11. The price of $235 per person for double occupancy, $39 more for single occupancy, and includes the following: motorcoach transportation, one night’s lodging, three meals, admission to the “Jonah” show at the Sight & Sound Theatre, visit to Kitchen Kettle Village, guided tour of Philadelphia, and all gratuities. A $75 deposit is due upon signing, with the balance due by May 3. Travel insurance is available for $35. For more information, call Rose Kantenwein

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Health Lectures

NEW JERSEY – Hackensack Meridian Health will host these upcoming lectures. Colon Cancer Awareness Month Activities, various locations. One out of every 25 people in the United States will develop colon-rectal cancer. With early detection, the survival rate can be as high as 75 percent. Even so, 60,000 people will die from this disease this year. Come and experience firsthand what colon cancer looks like by taking a walk through the 12 foot colon and learn how to prevent, treat and beat colon cancer. Free take home colon cancer screening kits will be distributed. Light refreshments will be served. Call 800-5609990 to register. Lecture/Screening/Inflatable Colon, March 1, 3 to 6 p.m., Brick Recreation Center, 270 Chambers Bridge Road (Civic Plaza). Panel Discussion/Screening, March 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Meridian Community Resource Center, Freehold Raceway Mall. Inflatable Colon /Screening, March 15, 8 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., Meridian Fitness and

Wellness, Brick. Colonoscopy Video/Screening, March 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ocean Medical Center, Community Room. The American Cancer Society offers a program to individuals being treated for cancer. Learn some makeup and hair tricks to make patients look and feel better. March 6, 2016, 1 to 3 p.m., Ocean Medical Center, Conference Room B Lower Level. Call 800-560-9990 to register. Head and Neck Cancer Screening, various times. “Say Ahhhhhh!” Join Dr. Kenneth Newkirk, M.D., FACS along with members of the Meridian Health dental faculty for a free oral, head and neck screening. The screening lasts about five minutes, is noninvasive and painless. To register, call 800-560-9990. April 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Meridian Health Village at Jackson. April 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Meridian Community Resource Center, Freehold Raceway Mall Lower Level (Macy’s Wing).

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LAKEHURST – The Lakehurst School District wants to remind the public that pets are not permitted on school district grounds, except by permission of the superintendent. Anyone violating this board of education policy will be reported to appropriate mu-

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Rotator Cuff Injuries Aren’t Just For Athletes By Frank Ranuro, PTA, Toms River Facility Manager

Shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal complaint, behind neck and back pain, seen in medical practices each year. The cause of shoulder pain can range from uncomplicated sprains to massive rotator cuff tears. During a 6 year span, there were over 5 million physician visits for shoulder pain attributed to rotator cuff problems. Research has indicated that the incidence of rotator cuff damage increases with age due to degeneration of the tendon. This suggests that as the current population ages, rotator cuff repair will also increase. Although the majority of these conditions are responsive to conservative treatment, some may require surgery. Let’s go over some anatomy: The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that work together to stabilize the shoulder. The four muscles of the shoulder are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. The supraspinatus muscle is responsible for abduction (moving away from the body), the infraspinatus and teres minor provide external rotation (rotating away from the body), and the subscapularis provides internal rotation (rotating in towards the body). These muscles and tendons connect the humerus (upper arm), with your shoulder blade, or scapula. They also help hold the head of you upper arm bone firmly in your shoulder socket. This combination allows your shoulder to have the greatest range of motion (ROM) in the body.


A rotator cuff injury includes any type of irritation or damage to your rotator cuff muscles or tendons. These injuries can range from Impingement Syndrome to Partial- and FullThickness rotator cuff tears. Impingement Syndrome is a chronic process that presents itself as shoulder pain. If left untreated, it can progress to permanent changes and eventual tearing of the rotator cuff. External impingement is the most common form of impingement syndrome and is caused by compression of the rotator cuff tendons as they pass through the coracoacromial arch. As this type of compression happens repetitively, it can cause inflammation of the bursa lining the joint and can narrow the space further. Other factors can contribute to the narrowing of this space as well, such as bone spurs and arthritic changes. These changes and the progressive degeneration of the tendons can eventually lead to partial or full-thickness rotator cuff tears. Common causes and risk factors of rotator cuff injuries may include: • Trauma: Falling on the shoulder or outstretched arm,

especially in the elderly, when attempting to break a fall. • Normal wear and tear: After age 40, normal wear and tear on your rotator cuff can cause breakdown of collagen in the cuff’s tendon and muscles, which makes them more prone to degeneration and injury. You can also develop calcium deposits within the cuff or arthritic bone spurs that can pinch or irritate the rotator cuff. • Lifting heavy objects • Repetitive overhead activities (e.g. throwing a baseball, basketball, freestyle swimming, tennis) • Occupational overuse (painting, carpentry, grocery clerking), • Abnormally shaped acromion, which can make impingement of the rotator cuff tendons more likely. • Poor Posture: Slouching causes your neck and shoulders take a forward position, which causes the space where the rotator cuff muscles are located in to narrow further and can impinge on the tendons. Signs and symptoms may include: • Pain and tenderness in your shoulder, especially when reaching overhead, reaching behind your back, reaching across your body, lifting/pulling or sleeping on the affected side. • Shoulder weakness, especially in abduction or flexion. Many people frequently describe having significant difficulties combing hair, holding a hair dryer and removing. Immediate onset of weakness, especially associated with sudden trauma, can indicate an acute tear. • Loss of range of motion. • Inclination to keep your shoulder inactive. A visit to your doctor is your next step. They’re likely to ask you several questions. • Where is your pain located? • Does your job or hobby aggravate your shoulder pain? • When did the pain first occur? • How severe is your pain? • What specific movements aggravate or alleviate your pain? • Do you have any weakness or numbness in your arm? In the days before your doctor’s appointment, you can decrease your discomfort by trying some of the following: • Rest your shoulder. Avoid movements that aggravate your shoulder and give you more pain. • Apply cold packs. This can help reduce pain and inflammation. • Taking over-the-counter pain medications, with the approval from your doctor. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve), to help reduce pain.


After the doctor examines you, and if your injury appears to be severe or if they cannot determine the cause of your pain through physical examination, they will most likely order one or more diagnostic tests. These may include: • X-rays • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan • An ultrasound scan


The main goal of any therapeutic intervention for shoulder pain is the return to pain-free function. A number of different factors can help determine the course of action that is taken when trying to reach this goal, such as age, pre-injury functional level and general health. • Steroid Injections: Your doctor may use a corticosteroid injection to relieve inflammation and pain. • Physical Therapy: This is the most conservative of all of the options. After modifying your activity and controlling pain, physical therapy can be begun. In the first active phase of therapy, gentle ROM exercises are started to prevent adhesions or scar tissue from forming followed by a strengthening program of the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizer muscles. Various modalities can used concurrently to aide in decreasing pain and inflammation such as ultrasound and electric stimulation. • Surgery: If a large tear is present in your rotator cuff, you may need surgery to repair it. The surgery may be performed as an open repair with a 2 ½ to 4 inch incision or as an arthroscopicrepair, which is less invasive. • Arthroplasty: Severe, chronic rotator cuff tears may contribute to severe arthritis. Your doctor may want to perform a total shoulder replacement or arthroplasty.


Frank is a 1998 graduate of Union County College Physical Therapy Assistant program. His professional focus has been in outpatient orthopedic care since being licensed. His professional areas of interest include pre and post-operative orthopedic care as well as the treatment of vestibular and balance disorders. Frank’s treatment approach includes joint mobilizations, soft tissue work and hands-on manipulation as well as promoting a relaxed yet motivated environment for his patient’s recovery.

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Omarr’s Astrological Forecast

For the week of February 18 - February 24

By Jeraldine Saunders

ARIES (March 21-April 19): If you had a nickel for every step you took you would be rich. In the week to come your active lifestyle could put you at the head of the class. Money making activities might be at the top of your to-do list. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The hardest steel is created by the hottest fire. In the week to come your energy levels may be higher than usual so you can get an incredible amount accomplished. You can be as tough as nails when occasions call for strength. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Watch and learn. Someone close may set a sterling example of cautious planning. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can achieve something without hard work this week. You can attain your dreams by paying attention. CANCER (June 21-July 22): A partner may keep you in line in the week to come. Charming new friends could put pressure on you to do more than your fair share. Someone may fire up your enthusiasm so much that you forget to put on the brakes. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Put your dreams to the test this week. If a little experience is useful then just imagine how far you can go with a lot of experience. You may be surprised to find that you have a creative talent if you try something new. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): What you see isn’t always what you get. You may be disappointed if you follow through on a family member’s idea in the week to come. However, if you work hard and study you can accomplish a great deal.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Stay on an even keel. Find a life preserver just in case you go overboard this week. In your enthusiasm to keep up with new acquaintances or to try something new you may spend more money than you should. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Some competition makes you complete. Your energies should be funneled into areas where you can show off imagination and vision. For the best success stick to conservative financial strategies as this week unfolds. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The more you have the more you want. This week you can enjoy what you have and avoid obsessing about what you don’t have. Protect your nest egg by avoiding unnecessary speculations or tweaking. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Fire on all cylinders. Work hard to make all your dreams come true this week. If the bills get paid there is plenty of time left to partake of the joys of life. Don’t let ambitions blind you to things of real value. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Balance between caution and exuberance in the week ahead. The thrill derived from gambling might outweigh common sense. You should restrain yourself from too quickly becoming involved in a relationship. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Perform a reality check. “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” may not mean much to the jet set. Accept anything that given freely in the week ahead but be cautious about investments and major purchases.


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Impress Your Sweetheart With The Ultimate Chocolate ‘Pudding’ By Wolfgang Puck

In recent years, many fans of fine restaurants have become familiar with the French-style dessert known as a pot de crème - literally a little “pot of cream.” You may sometimes hear this sweet treat described as a kind of chocolate pudding, but to me there is no comparison. An egg yolk-thickened pot de creme, which is very gently cooked in a hot water bath in the oven rather than stirred in a pot on top of the stove, is much smoother and more intense than any pudding you could imagine, almost like a cousin to a custard although not as eggy-tasting. To me, it’s the perfect combination of richness, silky smoothness, and intensity of flavor. You’ll find pots de creme in all kinds of popular flavors, including vanilla, butterscotch, salted caramel, coffee and lemon. The most popular flavor of all, of course, is chocolate, and it’s at its best when you start with a good-quality bittersweet variety. Take special care to melt the chocolate gently over simmering water, as described in the following recipe, so it doesn’t scorch or seize up, turning stiff and unmanageable. You’ll need six individual 3/4-cup (approximately 185mL) ramekins or souffle dishes and, to hold these “pots” while cooking them in the oven, you’ll also need a baking pan with sides. Allow about an hour total for mixing and cooking the mixture, and at least another three hours or so for cooling and chilling them. I find the pot de creme will keep well in the refrigerator for up to two days. Serving the pot de creme is simple, as it is typically eaten right out of the ramekin. I always like to place the ramekins on small plate and, just before presenting them, top them with dollops of freshly whipped cream and some chocolate shavings or a light dusting of cocoa powder. Of course, for your loved one, you could feel free to get even more creative, topping the cream with a single candied rose petal - or even a conversation heart. DARK CHOCOLATE POT DE CREME Makes 6 3 ounces (90 g) bittersweet chocolate,

cut into small pieces 2 cups (500 mL) heavy cream 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk 5 large cage-free egg yolks 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar Pinch of kosher salt Freshly whipped cream, for serving Position the rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 F (165 C). In a medium-sized heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, heat the chocolate. When the chocolate is almost melted, turn off the heat and let stand until completely melted, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saucepan, combine the cream and milk. Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture almost to the boil. Remove from the heat. In another medium-sized heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt until the sugar has dissolved completely. While whisking continuously, slowly pour in the hot cream mixture. Remove the melted chocolate from the stove. Hold a fine-meshed strainer over the bowl of chocolate and pour the hot cream-yolk mixture through the strainer into the chocolate. Whisk until well combined and smooth. Ladle the mixture into six individual 3/4-cup (approximately 185 mL) ramekins, and arrange the ramekins in a baking pan with sides. Pour enough warm water into the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the entire baking pan with aluminum foil and carefully place the pan in the oven. Bake until the mixture around the edges of each ramekin looks firm when lightly, carefully shaken, about 35 minutes. (The baking time will vary depending on the depth and width of the ramekins.) The center may still move a bit, but will firm up as the mixture chills. Carefully remove the ramekins from the baking pan, wipe them dry, and leave them to cool at room temperature. Then, place them on a flat baking tray cover with foil, and refrigerate until firm, 2 to 3 hours. To serve, spoon some whipped cream in the center of each ramekin and decorate further if you wish. Transfer to a dessert plate and serve immediately.

(Chef Wolfgang Puck’s TV series,“Wolfgang Puck’s Cooking Class,” airs Sundays on the Food Network. Also, his latest cookbook, “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy,” is now available in bookstores. Write Wolfgang Puck in care of Tribune Media Services Inc., 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207) © 2017 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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